Video: American Idol Contestant Covers Black Sabbath Song

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Ozzy Osbourne: Black Sabbath Facebook page/ American Idol sign: Josh Hallett (Wikimedia Commons)
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During a recent episode of American Idol, one contestant decided to hit the stage and perform a cover of a Black Sabbath song.

American Idol contestant Cameron Whitcomb covered the Black Sabbath song “Changes,” which is part of the band’s 1972 record Vol. 4. “Changes” is somewhat different compared to a lot of other Black Sabbath songs – making for more of a pretty ballad than a crushing doom heavy track – but it is a great song nonetheless!

We think Cameron Whitcomb did a great job covering the Black Sabbath song “Changes.” You can find a video of his American Idol performance below:

Black Sabbath formed in 1968 and have become one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. Many heavy metal fans consider the band to be the creators of the heavy metal genre. The band made their studio album debut with their self-titled record in 1970; over the course of their career, the band would release 19 studio albums. The original line up of Black Sabbath was that of: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Bill Ward (drums), Geezer Butler (bass), and Tony Iommi (guitar). The band were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Cameron Whitcomb performing a Black Sabbath song is not the first time metal has made its way onto reality TV shows. Below you will find other videos that feature other reality show contestants attempting to bring heavy metal to mainstream audiences.

Here is a 6-year-old girl presenting an original song called “Zombie Skin” on America’s Got Talent:

Here’s James Durbin performing “Heavy Metal” (by Sammy Hagar) with Black Label Society‘s very own Zakk Wylde on American Idol:

And here’s Stefanie Stuber on The Voice of Germany performing a cover of the Lamb of God song “Ghost Walking”:

Of these videos, which contestant do you think provided the best metal performance?


Words by: Michael Pementel